The Musical Bra plays music when touched!
- Conductive Fabric (strechable fabric)
- Fusible Interfacing (double and single sided - check your local fabric store)
- small nickel plated sew snaps
- conductive thread
- foam or thick felt
- regular thread/ needles
- a cheap/used toy with multiple buttons such as a keyboard (I used a keyboard from a thrift store for $1.00)
- neoprene (or other sturdy, strechy fabric)
- a bra (preferably a bra that snaps in the front - unlike this sports bra used in this project, a front snap bra will make the bra easier to take on and off - this sports bra is not stretchy enough after sewing in the interfacing (I learned afterwards the importance of strechy conductive fabric and interfacing) You could also cut the front of a sports bra and introduce a velcro piece)
- multiple color wires
- soldering iron
- hot glue
Step 1: Open Your Toy
Take your toy and open it. If the toy is hard to open, you've missed a screw somewhere. It should be easy to open with out prying or breaking plastic.
This keyboard had quite a few buttons. The less the easier and less confusing. You must find the main component you want to use for your bra which has the 'brain' of the toy. My keyboard had a small square board that all the wires connect to. You can snip these wires and toss out the other boards.
- strip the wires and with batteries connected touch the metal part of the wires to one another to generate sound. Mark the ones you like and/or snip the ones you will not be using. Remember, the less connections the easier :)
You can check step 3 of Plusea's "Wearable Piano Interface" if you require more info about understanding your circuit (http://www.instructables.com/id/S0ICVL3FNNK182A/)